Saturday's La Liga previews
Deportivo La Coruna v Tenerife - Saturday 17:00
Deportivo (priced at 4/6 in the 90 minute betting) lost 1-0 away to Villarreal last weekend, but today face a Tenerife (19/5) team who, along with Xerez, have not won an away Primera division fixture this season.
The islanders were hammered 5-1 by Real Madrid last time out, but played their part in an engaging game.
An extremely short preview, but I don't fancy anything other than a Deportivo win (4/6).
There are over 100 markets for you to choose from in this match and betting In-Play is always an option
Almeria v Barcelona
19:00-Sky Sports 3
Almeria (9/1) won 2-0 way to Racing last weekend, with Soriano (14/1 to score first, 11/2 anytime) and Crusat (16/1 to score first, 6/1 anytime) the scorers.
In Santander, Juan Manuel Lillo's boys gained a result good enough for the under 2.5 goals (23/20 today) bet to be a winner, but I'm not so sure it's a good bet tonight. In its favour, Almeria run a tight ship and Barcelona (1/4) are away from home.
The downside is that 2-1 to Barca (13/2) would finish the bet and you can't rule that out.
Messi (3/1 first scorer, 8/11 anytime) often gets crowded out away from the large Nou Camp pitch, but he capped off a nice team move to beat plucky Malaga last weekend, and must therefore be considered today.
Pedro (9/2 to score first, 6/5 anytime) was first scorer last week and could be worth a punt today, but will he start the match?
We won't know until close to kickoff time, but there are other bets to look at for now; firstly, handicaps of +1, +2 and +3 are available at 23/10, 3/4 and 1/4 in Almeria's favour. Secondly, in the double result market, draw/barca is plausible and fair value at 16/5.
I don't fancy the handicaps as much as I did in Barca's last game, but they are still worth consideration.
A draw is not out of the question (4/1), but I will not be judging or betting on that until I have seen some of the game In-Play.
For my small stakes ten team accumulator I'm taking an away win.
Real Madrid v Sevilla
21:00-Sky Sports 3
Real Madrid (4/11) host Sevilla (6/1) in the game of the weekend.
One of the first previews I wrote was the reverse fixture in Seville. In that preview I highlighted Real's susceptibility to set pieces and crosses. Sevilla exposed those flaws in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and won the match 2-1.
The formula remains the same today, but Los Blancos are in great form and Higuain (7/2 first scorer, 10/11 anytime) showed his predatory skills with two clinical finishes against Tenerife last weekend. With that brace, Gonzalo is now statistically the best striker is Europe, based on minutes played and goals scored. His sixteen La Liga strikes come, on average, every 77 minutes- very impressive indeed.
Ronaldo (3/1 first scorer, 8/11 anytime), Kaka (5/1 first scorer, 5/4 anytime) and Raul (9/2 first scorer, 6/5 anytime) also scored on the island. When choosing scorers, bear in mind that Raul is unlikely to start this weekend.
Sevilla were disappointed not to beat Athletic, but styles make fights and there is a decent chance of them taking all three points this weekend.
It's not clear who will start, but Kanoute (9/1 to score first, 10/3 anytime) and Negredo (8/1 to score first, 11/4 anytime) are great headers of the ball and key to Sevilla's chances. Navas (12/1 to score first, 5/1 anytime) is their most likely supplier, and a plausible goalscorer himself. Navas recently spoke of his excitement over Real Madrid's interest in signing him in the summer, so he could well put on a show in the Bernabeu.
Over 2.5 goals (4/9) seems likely, as does both teams to score (8/13).
I'm hoping Sevilla win but have a feeling that Real will be too much for them at the Bernabeu, and will therefore be putting a "1" on my ten team accumulator. I will, however, buy into the old logic and, as a single, take a chance on the double result bet of Sevilla or draw (2 or X), priced at 2/1.
Everybody is different, but personally I'm not interested in backing a team at 4/11 in a game in which their opponents have already proved they can win.
Handicaps giving Sevilla one (9/5) and two (13/20) goal starts are also well worth consideration.
For those who don't mind very short prices and like big handicaps, Sevilla +3 and +4 are 2/9 and 1/25 respectively.
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